Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling – Dr. Jill Butryn

Self-Sacrifice in Lifeschooling - Dr. Jill ButrynHow much self-sacrifice would you be willing to practice? Would you give up a six-figure career in medicine to be “just a mom”? My friend Dr. Jill Butryn did just that. She went from a practicing MD to a present mom. Listen to one of our most popular episodes, this inspiring interview about how the Butryn family made it work and how lifeschooling and “staying out of the way” played a key part in “letting their boys be wiggly boys.”

Passionate about living and loving, Jill Butryn, MD, left a thriving medical practice to rededicate herself to faith, marriage, and family. When her verbally precocious eldest child made it very clear in no uncertain terms that being away from home all day to attend kindergarten was completely unacceptable, Jill and her reluctant husband began homeschooling and never looked back.

Bucking convention by not using a curriculum, Jill has home educated two wiggly and willful boys on a steady diet of Legos, literature, and labor, with a dash of mentoring. Committed to “staying out of the way” and allowing each child to develop at his own pace in his own way, the Butryns stress spiritual and relational development over academic achievement, where all that boy energy is channeled into meaningful activities and work projects instead of pointless busywork.

Jill believes parents ultimate responsibility is to turn out healthy adults who love and serve others, and this can only be achieved by modeling and facilitating personal growth through relationship and experience. It is an imperfect process carried out by imperfect people. Thankfully, there is grace.

Here is what I asked Jill during this episode’s interview:

  • So, you were a family doctor before you had children. Tell us what led to such self-sacrifice: the decision to leave your practice and start homeschooling?
  • What was the most difficult part about leaving your practice and did you ever doubt that decision?
  • To remind our listeners, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you?
  • What are some of the gifts that you saw early on in your children and how did you tailor their education around development of those gifts?
  • Tell us about a typical day in your homeschool?
  • Now that you’ve graduated and married off one child and can look back on the entire journey, what would you say you did right, and is there anything you wish you would have done differently? Was the self-sacrifice of giving up your career worth it?
  • I feel like many of us, as adults, are just now learning what our passions truly are and what we were meant to do. I think lifeschooling is such a wonderful way to allow our children to find out who they really are and what gifts God has put into them when they are young. You recently started an online business that provides life coaching in several aspects. I know that came about as a result of some self-discovery of your own, so tell us a little bit about what led you to start that.
  • You can find out more about Dr. Jill and her services by visiting her website, www.jillbutryn.com.

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From Public School Teacher to Lifeschooler – Tina Hollenbeck

From Public School Teacher to Lifeschooler - Tina HollenbeckOn this episode, I had the privilege to talk to my new friend Tina Hollenbeck, the researcher behind The Homeschool Resource Roadmap, about her journey from public school teacher to home educator. Tina’s experience shows that even those on the tighter end of the scale when it comes to schedules and routines can successfully lifeschool their children. The lifeschooling mindset is important and relevant for all types of personalities and homeschooling styles.

Tina and her husband have been home-educating since she quit her job as a public school teacher just prior to giving birth to their older daughter, who is now 16. They also have another daughter, age 15.

Tina was blessed to find amazing homeschool mentor moms when her kids were little, and in recent years has become a outspoken advocate, endeavoring to promote home learning whenever she’s given the opportunity. She mentors prospective home educators in her local area and via her Facebook group, The Christian Homeschool Oasis, and enjoys speaking on various topics related to homeschooling and healthy parenting. She is a regular contributor to Learning Tangent Magazine, serves as the volunteer staff writer for Celebrate Kids, Inc., and has co-authored a book entitled Celebrating Children’s 12 Genius Qualities.

In 2013, Tina launched an on-going research project that culminated in the development of The Homeschool Resource Roadmap, a database of information about more than 3,000 homeschool-oriented resource providers. Though initially focused on each company’s position regarding common core, The Roadmap has now expanded to offer a more detailed “snapshot” of each provider, giving home educators a “one stop shop” for comparing and contrasting various options. (Bio taken from https://hsroadmap.org/about-2/.)

Here is what I asked Tina on this episode of the podcast:

  • Tell us first of all how you started homeschooling?
  • I’m always fascinated when a former teacher, particularly a public school teacher, leaves the profession to homeschool. What was it like making that transition? I assume you have not always been of the lifeschooling persuasion!
  • Tell us some about some of the books that made the biggest impact on your homeschooling journey.
  • To remind our listeners, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” How does your family lifeschool? Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you?
  • Tell us about a typical day in your homeschool?
  • I’ve been poking around on your website and your research project is pretty impressive! Tell our listeners about it and what lead you to take on this huge endeavor.
  • I heard this quote not long ago by a pastor on the radio that went something like this: “Passion is not something that you develop, but rather something that you discover as God shows you what He has already called you to do.” I love that quote because it so fits with my own experience. What would you say is your biggest passion as you carry out your mission?

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Raising our Children in Light of their Gifts – Chris Davis

Raising our Children in Light of their Gifts - Chris DavisChris Davis without a doubt has had the biggest influence on my own homeschooling. God providentially led me to his blog years ago and I have never forgotten his analogy of the acorn in this blog post. It is what set me off in a different direction, with the necessary confidence to go against the grain and simply allow my children to pursue their gifts.

But how do we handle the high school years? Can we continue with a lifeschooling mindset and crowd out all the influences and voices around us that tell us we have to conform? Will we be successful if we simply allow our children to continue pursuing their God-given gifts? The success of Chris’ own children inspires me and should give us all courage to continue lifeschooling!

Most people know Chris Davis as owner of the former homeschool supply company, The Elijah Company or as a homeschool conference speaker. Others know him as the father of 4 awesome children, now grown, who are doing amazing things that give Chris the courage to follow God in ever new ways. Still others know him as owner of www.HomeschoolTravel.com. For many years, Chris has brought homeschooling families to tour biblical Israel.

Chris Davis’ blog, homeschoolingwisdom.com, is mostly about homeschooling. However, from time to time he shares things God has shown him in his 70 plus years on the planet and 30 plus years being involved with homeschooling families.

If you follow his blog, you may just read something that will help you raise (and educate) your own children. When Chris began homeschooling over 30 years ago, he was quite opinionated on the subject. After all these years, he has become even more opinionated. (bio taken from https://chrisdavis.wordpress.com/about/.)

And I can relate to that sentiment!

Here is what I ask Chris on the show:

  • As I mentioned, you were probably the biggest influence on my homeschooling and the vision that God put in my own heart…which has ultimately led to my starting the Lifeschooling Conference. To give our listeners a little background, I discovered your blog years ago and it made such an impact on me. I think the first article I read was the one about the acorn. You expressed the kinds of ideas that had been circling around in my head and you really helped me to to solidify my philosophy of education.
  • And then God providentially brought our paths together at one of Rhea Perry’s Home Education for Home Business conferences. My daughter Elleina had her novel with her that she had been working on for maybe a year and you were the first person she allowed to read it, so that was really special because you actually called her up and used her as an example in the presentation you gave about allowing children to pursue their gifts.
  • I have always kept that analogy about the acorn in my head and tried to raise my children to be who God has called them to be, according to the gifts He has placed in them. I think that is revolutionary…though it really shouldn’t be. Can you give us a little more insight about this idea?
  • Give us some background about your homeschooling journey and what things were like when you were a pioneer homeschooler. What led you to homeschooling and what do you see as God’s purpose in this movement?
  • What is your biggest concern about what you see happening today with the homechooling movement? What do you think needs to change?
  • I know that traveling had a huge influence on you as a child. I read your book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally, and I just loved the story you shared at the beginning about traveling with your grandmother. Share with us a little bit of how that impacted your education.
  • While we’re on this topic of travel and how it fits with lifeschooling, tell us about the Israel tours, because I think that helping our children to understand the Bible better and that it is actual history is one of the most important things we can do in our homeschooling.
  • A couple years ago, we actually gave away a copy of your book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally, at the Lifeschooling Conference because I think it’s one of those “must read” books, especially for new homeschoolers. It really helps parents to understand what education is from a Biblical standpoint and it helps to strip away all the ideas that we have grown up with, that are so ingrained in us from experience and culture. Do you want to share with our listeners a little more about that book and tell them where they can get a copy?

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Pursuing Gifts Through Lifeschooling – Konur and Elleina Papageorgiou

Pursuing Gifts Through Lifeschooling - Konur and Elleina PapageorgiouI won’t even try to pretend that Konur and Elleina are not my favorite guests so far! A mom has a right to such bias! 🙂 What a fun interview talking with my kids about pursuing gifts and how God has allowed them to do this in lifeschooling.

How we carry out the lifeschooling vision can look a little different from family to family, but here is what lifeschooling looks like in a very relaxed setting.

Konur is our firstborn who is 16. He is amazing with computers and is currently learning to program apps. He loves math, history (particularly WW2), and grammar. He also has an interest in dog training and helps take care of the animals on our homestead.

Elleina is our middle child who is 13. She is our creative one. She loves acting, writing, and art and is also learning Welsh and Danish. She played the role of 12-year-old Kate in the movie “Like Arrows: The Art of Parenting” which will be in theaters for one weekend in May, 2018, and she also had the lead role in a play last year (2016). She just finished going through the proof copy of her first novel, which we hope will be available for purchase later this month. (Update: No Return was published in December, 2017. You may purchase it on Amazon).

 

  • Tell us about your typical day and what it pursuing gifts looks like for you.
  • Konur, how did you become interested in WW2?
  • Last year was a big year for you, Elleina. How did you begin acting and what led to your getting your first movie role?
  • Konur, how did you start coding and were you interested in this subject area or did you have some prompting?
  • Elleina, how did the novel come about? Tell us about that process.
  • Tell us how the traditional subjects (grammar, math, etc.) have come into play as you have pursued your individual interests.
  • What are some of your specific goals for this year in your education and projects you want to accomplish?
  • Tell us your favorite part of lifeschooling and pursuing gifts that God has put in you.
  • So, lifeschooling is about freedom. You can have this lifeschooling mindset with just about every approach you take with homeschooling, but we tend to look rather “unschooly” in our philosophy. What do you see as the biggest challenge with taking a more relaxed approach?
  • Tell us one thing you still want to learn.

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Schoolhouse Rocked! Lifeschooling on the Road with the Hamptons

Schoolhouse Rocked and Lifescholing on the Road - HamptonsGarritt and Yvette Hampton talk about their unconventional lifestyle homeschooling on the road while filming a documentary called Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution. How do they homeschool in a tiny travel trailer while traveling all over the country? Find out in this episode of “Life as a Lifeschooler.”

Garritt and Yvette Hampton, along with their two daughters, Brooklyn and Lacey, are passionate about God, homeschooling, and spending time together as a family. So much so in fact that last year they sold most of their possessions, purchased an RV and are traveling full-time exploring this beautiful country while filming a feature-length documentary on homeschooling called Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution.

Garritt is a movie industry veteran with credits on some of the biggest movies of the last decade. Yvette’s greatest enjoyment is being a full-time wife and mom. Garritt and Yvette are both from Southern California and are in their seventh year of homeschooling. They have a passion for helping and encouraging those just getting started or considering homeschooling, as well as those who are in the midst of it as they are.

Their strongest desire is that Schoolhouse Rocked will encourage families to homeschool with confidence, equip them to overcome the challenges that cause many to give up, and to finish strong.

Here is what I asked Garritt and Yvette on this episode of the show:

  • Tell us first of all how you started homeschooling? I know this wasn’t the original path that you had chosen, right?
  • How did the movie come about and tell us what your mission is with it?
  • Who are some of the people you’ve been able to interview?
  • Now, I was poking around on your site this afternoon and I came across the name of your production company and the meaning behind it. I love it! The name is “Bronze Oxen.” Tell our listeners why you chose that unusual name.
  • So, how many square feet is your camper and how do you make that work?
  • We’ve talked about this before, but how did you decide what to get rid of? Have you missed anything?
  • Well, to me what you are doing with this documentary and doing it while homeschooling is the classic example of “lifeschooling”. The definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.”
  • I love that you heard God’s call for your family and that you stepped out in faith and followed. You didn’t let homeschooling stand in the way because you recognized the value of this type of learning. This is a Deuteronomy 6:4-9 learning environment. So, can you share with us some of the lifeschooling that has been happening in your family? How have your children grown both spiritually and academically? Have you seen the spark of any interests or talents they have?

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Lifeschooling for the first year: Meet the Robinsons

The Robinsons on Lifeschooling for the First YearJohn and Jennifer Robinson join us at the Home Business Conference in Huntsville, AL on today’s show to talk about their first year “lifeschooling” and what they learned.

John and Jennifer attended the 2017 Lifeschooling Conference, where they learned to see home education as a freeing opportunity and felt the Lord confirm in their hearts the lifeschooling direction they wanted their homeschooling to take. They had first started seriously discussing homeschooling back in 2011 after attending a homeschooling conference. While Jennifer did not, at that time, feel a calling toward homeschooling, John decided to research further and was ready to take on the role of homeschool dad. For various reasons (including fear), the idea was put on the back burner for the time until eventually God brought things back around and they decided to finally take the leap of faith into homeschooling.

“We have learned through this process that when you are obedient in the little things,” says Jennifer, “then He will bless you with more and He will open up the windows of opportunity after you have taken that first step.” John also talks about expectations and how when we are walking in faith, we have to let go of our own expectations. “We pray for God to make things stupidly obvious,” says John, “We want to make sure we’re not taking the wheel and trying to steer the ship.”

John also talks about the realization of how quickly their children were growing up and their desire to spend time with them and build Godly character. During their first year, Jennifer noticed the stark difference time spent together can make. “Being in a school setting… You’re not spending that quality time. You’re dropping them off at a school and you’re not seeing them for several hours and then you go to pick them up and you’re like, ‘How was your day? What did you learn?’ and all you hear is ‘Fine,” or ‘Nothing.'” You don’t have any quality conversation with them. And that was so frustrating for me… I had no clue what they did all day!” Now Jennifer takes them to horseback riding lessons, with a 45 minute drive each way, and says these are some of the deepest and most philosophical conversations they have.

Another big takeaway for Jennifer from their first year lifeschooling was that when they sent their children off to school, they were basically communicating to their children, “I am not your expert. I don’t know anything, so I’m sending you off to the experts to learn.” She talks about how her own love for learning immediately rubbed off and made an impression on their kids. “You need to come to mom’s homeschool,” they would say to their dad, “She’s so smart!” Jennifer talks about how this changed perspective has impacted how the kids view them not only with regard to academics, but also when it comes to spiritual matters, as well. They see their parents as knowledgeable in all areas of life.

One way that the Robinsons also protected their time was to discipline themselves not to sign up for lots of extracurricular programs and purchase too much curricula. “We really focused on what are the giftings that God has given our children and what giftings do we need to help nurture?” Keeping the schedule somewhat freer also allowed them to be flexible enough to participate in ministry to others. Their family was able to go to a local nursing home with their church once a month and help with serving food or doing arts and crafts with the elderly.

Jon sums it up well. “It’s fun to watch how God just lays this all out and obviously hindsight is much clearer, but it’s fun to look back and see the path that He has led us down. It’s exciting to see what lies ahead.”

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Alphabet Smash and Lifeschooling – Christina Brown

Alphabet Smash and Lifeschooling - Christina BrownI was privileged to talk to friend and author Christina Brown about her homeschooling journey and why she created Alphabet Smash, a wonderful resource for preschoolers that focuses on one letter at a time and brings in multiple activities from various subject areas to teach the child about that letter and it’s sound. Christina is heavily involved in leadership in the homeschool community in Charlotte, NC, and she also spoke at and helped plan the Lifeschooling Conferences.

Christina  is a homeschool momma of three and the author of AKAHomeschoolMom.com and Alphabet Smash.  Her work has been featured in Proverbs 31 Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Home Educator Family Times, Greenhouse and others.  She is a hopeless logophile and always brakes for yard sales.  She enjoys yoga, running, photography and wants to own some chickens! Her writing is inspired from her faith in Jesus Christ, adventures in NC with her Adventure Group, and her 25 year marriage to best friend, Richard.  She has homeschooled for more than 18 years, serves on the board of ZOE Teens, Co-Moderates CCHNet (Charlotte Christian Homeschool Network-the largest online support group in Charlotte), and serves as a Region 4 Liaison to NCHE. Christina’s passion is to encourage others to intentionally connect faith, family, and fun. You can connect with Christina on her website, www.AKAhomeschoolmom.

Here is what I talk to Christina about on this episode:

  • Christina, you are part of our Lifeschooling Conference team and a huge help to me every year on that event. And this year, you spoke at one of the workshop sessions. I know you’ve done some public speaking before. How was that experience?
  • How was your school experience?
  • Did you always want to homeschool?
  • How did you get started homeschooling?
  • Tell us about Alphabet Smash. What was the idea behind it? How and why did you write it ?
  • Give us an example of a letter of the week and tell us how you can incorporate music, Bible, math etc. into this curriculum.
  • Your talk for the 2017 Lifeschooling Conference was about being intentional. Can you define intentional for us? I also understand that your next goal is to write a book on that subject.  How is that process going?
  • How long have you homeschooled and do you have any that you have graduated yet?
  • What do you most want listeners to know?

If you would like to grab a copy of Christina’s book, Alphabet Smash, you can find it here.

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The Principles of an Excellent Education – Kevin Swanson

The Principles of an Excellent Education - Kevin SwansonKevin Swanson of Generations.org talks with me about the principles of an excellent education and particularly the aspect of life integration, which is central to the lifeschooling philosophy. We also discuss what should be the core curriculum of every homeschool: The book of Proverbs.

Kevin Swanson runs the Generations ministry in Elizabeth, Colorado. He was homeschooled by his parents in the 1960s and 70s. For the last 22 years, Kevin and his wife, Brenda have home educated their own five children.

The Swanson family produces multiple podcasts, news programs, and published books, not to mention dog breeding and other exciting projects that keeps the home humming every day. Kevin has written extensively on family economy, mentorship, real life school application, and Christian worldview. Kevin has mentored 10-12 young men over the last 12 years out on their property in the eastern plains of Colorado.

I had the privilege of visiting with Kevin and his sweet wife, Brenda, and being featured on one his Generations radio shows.

Here are some questions I ask Kevin on this show:

  • Few people have had the privilege of being involved with homeschooling as long as you have, so I consider you one of the foremost experts on the movement. Tell us how you came to be a homeschooler back in the 60s and 70s.
  • After our interview last week on the Generations program, you gave me a copy of your book, Upgrade, which describes the 10 principles to an excellent education. I absolutely devoured it on the flight home and was struck by how similar our perspectives are. You talk about the principles of preeminence of character, life integration, rooting in relationships, and individuality. Lifeschooling, for listeners who may not know, is the “individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context (relationships) of your family’s unique situations and missions.” So we see those same principles in this definition.
  • But there were ones I had not consciously verbalized or put into the lifeschooling definition, yet we are practicing and I would say have importance: doing the basics well, and protection. I want to talk specifically about protection, as it is often misunderstood. Tell us about your own experience in Japan and the protection your parents provided. Some would probably call it extreme and everyone needs to come to their own convictions, of course. But how did basic principle play out in your experience?
  • Let’s talk about real life experience, since that is one of the key components of lifeschooling and an excellent education. How did this play out in your own family? What positive (and negative) results have you seen?
  • I want to mention that you and your wife are not only applying this form of education to your own family, but also bringing others in with a discipleship program similar to Jesus’ method. Tell us more about Generations and the internship program you provide to train young men and help you with your ministry.
  • You have a lot of amazing curriculum, but one program particularly caught my eye and that is the Launch Your Life program. Tell us about that.
  • Where can our listeners find out more about the curriculum Generations offers and listen to your daily show?

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Entrepreneurship and Homeschooling – Rhea Perry

Entrepreneurship and Homeschooling - Rhea PerrySome children are better suited for a path in entrepreneurship that does not necessarily require a college degree. On today’s show, Rhea Perry (speaker at our 2016 and 2017 Lifeschooling Conferences) shares the wisdom she applied in homeschooling her son, who became a millionaire entrepreneur by early adulthood and brought his father home from corporate America.

Rhea (pronounced Ray) Perry has educated 7 children since 1987. As a stay-at-home mom, her main goal in life is to encourage women to become the best homemakers they can be. She believes that includes helping their children discover their gifts and find their calling in life as early as possible. The family should also support the children until they enter their own personal journey on the road to financial security.

Yet how can we do that when we haven’t been educated or trained? We find ourselves learning as we are doing it with them. Sometimes we feel like the burden is too heavy. That’s why Rhea created a community called Educating for Success so those on this journey can encourage each other and share secrets along the way.

Whether you desire to have a job or a home business for your children or yourself, the greatest country that has ever existed economically – America – offers unlimited opportunities, especially since the Internet has changed the rules for entrepreneurship.

So many mothers struggle with a fear of failure, but how can we fail when God is for us and desires to help each of us fulfill the purpose He put us here to achieve? (Bio taken from http://www.educatingforsuccess.com/public/department13.cfm.)

I have personally known Rhea and been involved with her Protege entrepreneurship program for the past five or six years. Our family has made friends and business connections with people from all over the country who “do school” similar to the way we do it, with an emphasis on our children’s individual gifts and how they can be applied to entrepreneurship. And my own children are on their way to having successful businesses.

Here are the questions we ask Rhea on today’s show:

  • We talked to your friend Dr. Mary Hood on our last episode about the early days of homeschooling. How have you seen homeschooling change over the years since you started?
  • How has the internet, with so many entrepreneurial opportunities, potentially changed the way we educate our children?
  • With the rise of the internet, there are more opportunities than ever for entrepreneurs to make money. However, the internet has also impacted the homeschooling community. Many support groups are shutting down and the real life community aspect seems to be dying. What are your thoughts on that?
  • Tell us where we can go to find out more information about Educating for Success and the entrepreneur course you offer?

You can hear more from Rhea by purchasing the Lifeschooling Conference video sets from our website and visiting her site at www.EducatingforSuccess.com.

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College and the History of Homeschooling – Dr. Mary Hood

College and the History of Homeschooling - Dr. Mary HoodToday we’re joined by Dr. Mary Hood who shares with us about the history of homeschooling, as well as her thoughts on college.

Mary Hood, Ph.D., along with her husband, Roy, homeschooled their five children all the way from kindergarten through college entrance. All of them are now adults, and have made a successful transition to college and beyond.

Beginning in the 1980s, she has spoken and written widely on a variety of topics concerning home education throughout the United States and overseas. She has a Ph.D. in education, and is the director of The Association of Relaxed Christian Home Educators, aka, “ARCHERS for the Lord” (Reference Psalm 127), which is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. She has also been a regular columnist for “The Old Schoolhouse Magazine”.

Mary is the author of such books as The Relaxed Home School, The Joyful Home Schooler, and The Enthusiastic Home Schooler.

Now in her sixties, Mary continues to write and speak widely on issues pertaining to homeschooling, as well as the wider field of education. Her organization has just re-opened The Relaxed Home Schooler’s Resource Center in Cherokee County, GA, where she will serve as director and teach several classes for teens. In addition, the organization is opening an actual primary school across the street in fall, 2017.For more info, visit the website, www.archersforthelord.org. (Bio from http://archersforthelord.org/_speaker.php).

We ask Dr. Hood the following questions:

  • What prompted you to homeschool back in the early days of homeschooling?
  • I noticed all of your children attended college. With our current homeschooling culture and so many opportunities for entrepreneurial ventures (especially because of the internet), do you think college is as necessary today as it used to be?
  • Today it is easy to rely on boxed curriculum with everything planned and broken down into weeks and days. It takes a lot of the faith aspect of using real life experience as part of the educational process out of the equation because it’s easy to simply rely on the curriculum. In my talk at the NCHE conference, I made the statement that homeschooling in faith was “easy” for the homeschool pioneers because the very act of homeschooling before it was legal was a huge act of faith. Tell us about the days before vendor halls and your perspective on this.
  • Tell us what you are currently doing with your organization, ARCHERS for the Lord. How do you see the resource center fitting into a relaxed homeschooling model?

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